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solar-car

Solar Team Great Britain has started a kickstarter page to help fund their design for entry in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. Founder Steven Heape leads a team of volunteers from many different disciplines, companies and universities working on a family-sized solar car to compete in the cruiser class. “Cruiser Class is about two or […]

Author: AENews
Posted: January 25, 2017, 8:03 am
Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power

beta-ray-generator

German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 13, 2015, 11:35 am
Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Public Transit | Transportation

hydrogen-tram

In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 9, 2015, 7:55 am
Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

WaterNest-Solar-Panels

Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 2, 2015, 8:05 am
Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

floating-solar-pv

Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]

Author: AENews
Posted: April 1, 2015, 8:35 am

Solar Energy News -- ScienceDaily

Solar Energy Information. Read the latest news and techniques for efficient solar photovoltaic power, new solar energy systems and more.

A research team has developed a new type of solar cell that can both withstand environmental hazards and is 26.7% efficient in power conversion.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:30 pm
Researchers have discovered a quantum phenomenon that influences the formation of free charges in organic solar cells.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 4:41 pm
Scientists have investigated the physical causes that limit the efficiency of novel solar cells based on organic molecular materials. Currently, the voltage of such cells is still too low - one reason for their still relatively low efficiencies.
Posted: March 20, 2020, 5:22 pm
There may be many overlooked organic and inorganic materials that could be used to harness sunlight underwater and efficiently power autonomous submersible vehicles, report researchers. New research develops guidelines for optimal band gap values at a range of watery depths, demonstrating that various wide-band gap semiconductors, rather than the narrow-band semiconductors used in traditional silicon solar cells, are best equipped for underwater use.
Posted: March 18, 2020, 6:37 pm
A change in chemical composition enabled scientists to boost the longevity and efficiency of a perovskite solar cell.
Posted: March 10, 2020, 3:47 pm

Wind Energy News -- ScienceDaily

Wind Energy Information. From offshore wind turbines to understanding wind turbulence, learn all about using the wind to our advantage. Also, wind testing buildings.

A new machine-learning algorithm for exploring lightweight, very stiff glass compositions can help design next-gen materials for more efficient vehicles and wind turbines. Glasses can reinforce polymers to generate composite materials that provide similar strengths as metals but with less weight.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 6:44 pm
A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology, offering a more viable way to store energy from solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen fuel.
Posted: March 9, 2020, 5:00 pm
Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention. New research has allowed artificial intelligence to take over the human-controlled drones currently being used for the task. The algorithm also predicts and counteracts the wind forces acting on the drone body.
Posted: March 5, 2020, 6:20 pm
The United States could generate 20% of its electricity from wind within 10 years, without requiring any additional land, according to new research.
Posted: February 24, 2020, 11:34 pm
Seasonally pumped hydropower storage could provide an affordable way to store renewable energy over the long-term, filling a much needed gap to support the transition to renewable energy, according to a new study.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 8:28 pm
A team has developed a tool to monitor changes in widely used composite materials known as fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs), which can be found in everything from aerospace and infrastructure to wind turbines. The new tool, integrated into these materials, can help measure the damage that occurs as they age.
Posted: February 18, 2020, 11:22 pm
Taking a cue from birds and insects, researchers have come up with a new wing design for small drones that helps them fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Posted: January 29, 2020, 7:33 pm
With countries adopting green energy practices, renewable energy now accounts for a third of the world's power. As this trend continues, more countries are looking to offshore energy sources to produce this renewable energy. Researchers identify situations where green technology such as wind turbines, wave energy converters, and other marine renewable energy devices (MREDs) have had negative consequences on marine life.
Posted: December 17, 2019, 4:42 pm
Much about the aerodynamic effects of larger wind farms remains poorly understood. New work looks to provide more insight in how the structures necessary for wind farms affect air flow. Using a two-scale coupled momentum balance method, researchers theoretically and computationally reconstructed conditions that large wind farms might face in the future, including the dampening effect that comes with spacing turbines close to one another.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 3:46 pm
Thrips don't rely on lift in order to fly. Instead, the tiny insects rely on a drag-based flight mechanism, staying afloat in airflow velocities with a large ratio of force to wing size. Researchers have performed the first test of drag force on a thrip's wing under constant airflow in a bench-top wind tunnel and, drawing from microfabrication and nanomechanics, they created an experiment in which a thrip's wing was glued to a self-sensing microcantilever.
Posted: December 10, 2019, 4:17 pm

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The inverter can be thought of as the “brain” of a solar PV system. This is because the inverter is the one that manages how it operates along with many other functions and protection features. In terms of a desktop computer, you may think of the inverter as the CPU or the central processing unit…
Author: Willie Jiang
Posted: March 25, 2020, 6:29 pm
There is a broad argument related to the pros and cons of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Solar energy is a renewable source of energy that will not get exhausted over time. On the other hand, fossil fuels, including coal, petroleum, and natural gas, are non-renewable sources of energy that take millions of years…
Author: Vishal Khot
Posted: March 23, 2020, 3:17 pm
With the rise of coupled solar and storage systems, there are challenges that must be addressed, notably claims of grid instability resulting from solar generation. A careful examination of the current situation from different perspectives and the proposition of viable solutions is necessary  There are two main challenges today in the solar photovoltaic (PV) market:…
Author: Christophe Goasguen
Posted: March 3, 2020, 1:06 am
For the majority of businesses, as soon as someone mentions the words social media marketing, they go straight to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Assuming that these are the only leading, social sites for a company’s online marketing.  Commonly forgotten by many companies and that is the importance of websites such as YouTube that offer the…
Author: Charlotte Johnson
Posted: January 30, 2020, 7:11 am
In recent years, both the drone and the solar industries have been advancing and growing at an impressive speed. Solar: scientists have improved PV’s inefficiency yet driven down the cost so much so that solar energy has reached “grid parity” in many countries. Drone: Powered by AI and Li-on battery, drones have the mind-blowing applications…
Author: Willie Jiang
Posted: January 21, 2020, 8:43 pm
In this digital era, even marketing lead generation happens virtually. When most brands, including solar companies, are busy building up their virtual marketing team equipped with lead generation tools, is there any place for good old door-to-door sales? The answer is “yes,” even in this age of sleek and sophisticated digital marketing, door-to-door selling is…
Author: Willie Jiang
Posted: December 27, 2019, 5:31 am